November 4th, 2008
10:55 AM ET
14 years ago

Some machine problems reported in Philly

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Some Philadelphia voters will have to use emergency ballots due to broken machines."]
(CNN) – Philadelphia has experienced problems with voting machines not working in eight of 1,681 election divisions throughout the city, according to Bill Rubin, Supervisor of the Philadelphia County Board of Elections.

Rubin reported none of these problems have been serious, and where machines have gone down, voters have been allowed to vote on emergency ballots.

He says these emergency ballots are the same forms as provisional ballots, but are marked with an "EB" to indicate they are emergency ballots, and they will be counted just as if they were votes recorded on a machine. In contrast, provisional ballots are given to those voters whose registrations cannot be confirmed in the poll book, or who have gone to the wrong voting division.

Rubin said some of the problems with voting machines may be a result of poll workers forgetting their training. He says in some cases poll workers received training some time ago, and may have forgotten parts of it by election day, leading them to start the voting machines incorrectly.

Filed under: Pennsylvania • Voter Problems
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. James Fuller

    Because they have to

    November 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Chris J

    Only 8 divisions out of 1,681 and they were allowed to vote on emergency ballots which are, as the article states, counted as identical to a normal vote? Meanwhile it suggests that these problems are due to incompetent election workers.

    How are they stealing it, again?

    November 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Lacrecia Simms

    My coworker and I were just talking about this issue and it's just mighty strange how in certain communities these machines are not working for a major election like this. What's going to be next? The emergency ballots that are being used just magically diappears? This is ridiculous.

    November 4, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Registered Republican

    It could just be coincidence but it sure does seem like there are always much more voting issues in areas where the democrats really need large turn-out. I'd be suspicious

    November 4, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. chameleon_one

    I want CNN to analyze the likely party affiliations in these problem precincts across the country. Every headline phot I have see shows a line full of voters of color (typically democratic). Let's get some data on this.

    November 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. John

    The Dems control Philadelphia. If they can not train their people to work the machines then shame on them.

    November 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Jersey/Maryland lady

    I am glad I voted. As a first time voter, it was a great deal for me to elect the REAL agent of CHANGE.

    November 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. dsmith

    God please don't let the bad men steal the election. Help America move towards the correct path. Reprogram the voting machines to work correctly so obama wins his 538 electoral votes as he so justly deserves.

    November 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Abas kenya

    Hey repub, the world is watchng dont u dare steal by any chance.

    November 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Calvin Trotter

    There are several reasons a person can steal votes,,, Number 1: a computer does what someone has programmed it to do. Example of this is include what i have heard from several voters here in Pine Bluff " I picked Barack Obama for president and It said John McCain how is this possible?" Well lucky for us that this is just a few people saying this. But what if this was happening everywhere??? I looked on the internet and i found out that this is happening in other locations as well, ie Ohio,,, West Virginia also, there is a voter on YouTube with a video stating this same scenario. Now how can people in different states experience the same problems??? Talk about things that make you go hmmmmmmmm.

    November 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Jersey/Maryland lady

    Philadelphians, please stay strong and determined. Don;'t let tricksters a.k.a Republicans cheat you of your RIGHT to choose the ONE

    November 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. ...and the Trickery Continues....

    Funny how it's only in battle ground states or heavy African American areas.... When will this madness end? This is criminal!

    November 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Ronald J. Frederick

    Because most Republicans of them are Robin Hood in reverse.

    November 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. David Moorcraft

    How is it that a mighty country like the US – that millions throughout the world look up to – can't get their voting systems working ?

    It seems to happen every four years !

    the only time the UK had any real problems was when postal votes were introduced – which led to fraud.

    but turn up to a Voting Station in person – and you don't wait at all !
    hope the election is seen as FAIR !

    November 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Anees

    Republican Logo: By hook or by Crook. Its so clear now that they cant win by being honest and the sad thing even when we find out they cheated, citizens cant do anyhting except to suffer 4 yrs. Sad news 🙁

    November 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. matteo

    not another republican coup please!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Chris

    I am just outside Philly, my wait was about 45 minutes, there was a power failure at my polling location which delayed us for a bit. Other than that everything was great.

    November 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Anna

    Because they're shiesty.

    November 4, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Lori

    Good grief, what are these people doing working an election if they cannot remember how to work the machnes? Great way to have this drag on for 2 or 3 days longer than it should!

    November 4, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. BeauMan

    "Steal" and "fraud" are terms being used by the Obama supporters to describe this election. Look in the mirror...PLEASE! Can anyone possibly review the ACORN episodes that have taken place. The national concern on this revolves around your illegitimate efforts to get a higher turn-out to the voting booths to elect a guy that stands behind partial-birth abortion, and who maintained a very intimate personal/spiritual relationship with Rev. Wright for years...UNTIL HE DECIDEDTO RUN FOR PRESIDENT! You liberals are an absolute joke and a disgrace.

    November 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Dave J. - Durham NC

    You would think after all the problems incurred with electronic voting machines in the past, the election this year would go much smoother. However, once again, problems with electronic voting machines are being reported. Please do not let these minor problems disuade you from exercising your right to vote! No excuses, people! Get out there and VOTE!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. DHall

    As another interested Canadian and having read about numerous problems at the polls already this morning, I'm left wondering why the U,.S. turns into a third world country every four years. Surely voting systems should be designed to handle heavy turnouts.

    November 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Tom


    November 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Leah

    so amamzing that we see any posts of these things happening during early voting?? if you must – get a provisional ballot.

    November 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Demos

    In one of the largest democracies in the world the voting system is broken... I hope the first thing the Democrats do is election reform.
    What a joke !
    The Republicans have put in place a broken system that facilitates elections in the regions of the country where they are ahead and makes the voting experience horrible in the regions of the country where they don't have a chance !

    November 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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